Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — The matter I raise tonight is for the Minister for Roads, and it is regarding the impact of the proposed North Road grade separation on local sporting activities and sporting clubs in my electorate. The action I seek is for the minister to investigate with VicRoads ways in which this impact can be reduced.
Ormond Amateur Football Club is a major sporting community in my electorate with over 20 teams, 700 players and 3000 family members. Formed in 1931, it played in its first match in 1932 and for more than 80 years it has been a fantastic local club. It plays and trains at the E. E. Gunn Reserve in my electorate, which is just down the road from the Ormond railway station. I am informed by the club that there is a proposal from VicRoads to use part of the field at the reserve as a storage and staging area for works on the North Road grade separation.
This could potentially see an interruption to the club’s football season, particularly as the city of Glen Eira already has a shortage of sporting facilities. This could certainly impact the football club’s season as well as the cricket season for the Ormond Cricket Club.
I ask VicRoads to work with Glen Eira City Council to seek other sites that would not have an impact on my local sporting clubs. One such option might be the Booran Road Reservoir site, which has been closed since the 1970s. Community feedback on the grade separation has been positive, with a number of residents in my electorate attending the community consultation and information sessions that have been held in recent months. I thank the minister and his department for holding these information sessions so that residents could be informed about the project and have the opportunity to contribute ideas regarding the options presented to them. I attended one of these sessions earlier this year and learnt a lot while meeting with residents.
Some residents and small businesses raised concern about some of the options.
Given that statistics show there is a huge issue at the railway crossing at Ormond station, the grade separation will be a fantastic win for the community; however, we need to ensure that local community clubs are not disadvantaged by it. Therefore I ask the minister to meet with VicRoads to look at ways to ensure that the seasons of local sporting clubs are not disrupted by this work. I take this opportunity to once again praise the team at the Ormond Amateur Football Club, seniors president Ray Wood and juniors president Kerri Rolfe, for bringing this to my attention and to wish them luck for the upcoming season.